A Message from the Head of the Lower and Middle Divisions
Stevenson’s core values—safety, trust, respect, inclusion, and belonging—are more important now than ever before. Coupled with our well-established dedication to fostering our students’ courage, creativity, and resilience, our School’s commitment to these core values has afforded our students opportunities to thrive despite the complex, unprecedented challenges associated with the pandemic.
The past six months illuminate the best of Stevenson. We did not allow the challenges of being physically apart deter us from meeting our students’ needs, which in our estimation go well beyond our academic program. Having invited constructive feedback from our students and their parents, and engaged collegially with one another, our teachers have devoted themselves to continually refining their approach to remote instruction. The results have been remarkable.
Our guiding premise remains what it has long been: we all do better when we feel an authentic sense of belonging to something bigger than ourselves; when we feel seen and valued by mentors we respect, both for who we are and who we are striving to become. Everything we do here at Stevenson is predicated upon this premise—and never more so than now, when we must stay together from a distance.
The past two semesters have provided transformational lessons in how to teach and learn remotely. Teachers in all three divisions have found new and innovative ways to engage students both intellectually and emotionally—and many of these methods will transfer powerfully back to our traditional learning spaces once we resume campus instruction. Meanwhile, there has been no reduction in either academic rigor or intellectual inspiration, and we’ve worked relentlessly to sustain the greatest possible level of connection given these difficult circumstances.
We did not wait for the pandemic to go away in order to move our School forward. Regardless of the conditions we face, we must continually adapt, adjust, and get better. Our teachers’ drive to grow in service to their students is always insatiable. Holding joy and wonder at the core of their practice, they have leaned into this moment with confidence and curiosity, and our students and their families have reaped the benefits.
Information about our approach to remote instruction can be found here. Information about our planning for a safe and socially responsible return can be found here. Please take a deep dive into these resources, and the rest of our website, in order to learn more about our School—both in its current form and what it will soon again be.
We look forward to seeing you in person soon.
With great care,
Molly K. Bozzo
Head of the Lower and Middle Divisions